STORM LAKE, Iowa – Another career game by Sam Amsbaugh wasn't enough to slow down Nick Clark and defending conference champion Buena Vista as the Simpson men's basketball team lost 89-77 in Wednesday's Iowa Conference opener.
Clark scored 25 of his game-high 32 points in the first half, hitting eight 3-pointers on the night as the Beavers (6-6, 1-0) shot nearly 58 percent from the field. Forward Kennedy Drey had 22 points and eight rebounds, making the duo a combined 20-for-32 from the field.
Amsbaugh came off the bench for the fifth straight game, scoring 19 of his career-high 27 points in the second half to lead the Storm (7-5, 0-1). He went 11-for-18 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range.
Simpson trailed by four midway through the first half when Clark got hot, hitting five straight shots – including four 3s – as part of a 20-7 Buena Vista run. His two free throws with 3:12 left in the half extended the lead to 46-29 and Simpson trailed by double digits the rest of the way.
Amsbaugh showed a strong inside-outside game in the second half, going 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and 6-for-11 from inside. The sophomore set his second career-high in the last three games, and is averaging 22 points and shooting 55 percent from the field during the stretch.
Up next: Simpson goes to Coe on Saturday, Jan. 9. The Kohawks (5-7, 0-1) lost to Loras 75-68 on Tuesday.